No disrespect to Venice or Rome, but Milan might be our favorite Italian destination. The amazing Duomo, La Scala Opera and Da Vinci’s the last supper are all in the city center. Not to mention the thriving local culinary culture, super accessible public transportation network and chic hotels.
You’ll need at least two or three days in the city to enjoy some of Milan’s must-do activities and best restaurants. Lake Como is also an excellent day trip destination and easily accessible from Milan.
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Tipping in Milan
Simply thinking about Milan makes our mouths water. Far more than just pizza and pasta, local specialities include Ossobuco, hearty Cassouela and of course, aperitivo. Milan is a foodie paradise. While out enjoying the city’s culinary hotspots, you’ll need to know the tipping situation.
The “coperto”, or service charge, is automatically added to restaurant bills in Milan. Leaving an additional tip is not expected. People sometimes leave their change and if the service is exceptionally good, you can leave an additional tip. However, it’s by no means mandatory.
The country code for Italy is 39. If calling an Italian number from a non-Italian number (even if you’re in Milan), dial 0039 or +39 before the local number.
If you need to contact emergency services during your travels in Milan, you can dial 112, the European emergency contact number. You can also dial 115 for the fire department or 118 for medical help.
SIM Card & Wifi in Milan
Win, Vodafone and TIM and the major phone providers in Italy. During your trip to Milan, we recommend buying or renting a local cell phone to avoid excessive roaming charges. Traveling will also be more convenient with access to local apps and services. The INSIDR smartphone can also assist you with full high-speed 4G connectivity, a pocket travel Wifi hotspot, including local calls and texts. The best travel essential apps are also installed. Using the INSIDR smartphone, you will also get the most authentic and tailor made travel tips recommended by our local experts.
Milan Travel Pass
Milan has an excellent public transportation network.The city has a modern metro, multiple tram lines and over 100 local bus lines. You can purchase a 24 or 48 hour pass valid on all metro, bus and tram lines for just 4.50€ or 8.25€. It’s definitely the cheapest way to travel around Milan. If you’re staying for more than a few days, you might want to consider getting a monthly ATM pass.
Post Box in Milan
You can buy stamps at the Italian post office, but it’s definitely easier to buy them from the tobacco shops (“tabacchi” – any shop marked with a white-brown T sign). You can also purchase postage from certain local newsstands.
You’ll find the bright red post boxes throughout Milan, just drop your letter or postcard right in!